Russian opposition leaders detained at protest

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Russian Police officers stand facing an opposition protest to block the road in the center of Moscow during a rally, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Thousands of protesters are gathering at a Moscow square for a march on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president.The protest has been boldly billed by opposition leaders as the "March of a Million," but the early turnout indicates the numbers won't be anywhere close to that. About 5,000 had gathered an hour before the planned start of the Sunday march.(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Moscow have arrested top opposition figures along with demonstrators after a protest march on the eve of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president tried to reach the Kremlin.

The march by about 20,000 people to an island adjacent to the Kremlin proceeded peacefully Sunday afternoon until a small group tried to break off and cross a bridge across the Moscow River, which was blocked by police.

As more people crowded toward the bridge, police sent reinforcements to the cordon, pushed demonstrators back to the rally site and began seizing demonstrators.

At the rally site, opposition leaders Sergei Udaltsov, Alexei Navalny and Boris Nemtsov were detained.